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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 40

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    All three give performances that would suit a better movie than this pallid shocker with little heart and no bite.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Suspenseless, uninvolving and underdeveloped, it wastes the talents of an almost entirely distaff cast that deserves much stronger material.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Roiling with jealousy, suicide and latent lesbian urges, The Moth Diaries dances on the border between hallucination and reality without fully committing to either. Yet the film's narrative frailties are offset by impeccable performances and a consistently eerie tone, helped along by a location as forbidding as the "Overlook."

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Her (Harron) torpid adaptation of Rachel Klein's novel about female sexual desire, jealousy, death wishes, and vampires at a girls' boarding school defeats Harron's talent for exploring darkness on the edge of kinkiness.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Angst-ridden teen horror movie has suicide themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Moth Diaries is a horror movie set at a girls' boarding school. Some of the events contain vampire-like elements, but the movie's main theme seems to be about suicide. It's clearly intended to follow in the footsteps of the popular Twilight movies and their mix of horror and teen angst, but there's much more gore -- and sex -- here. Viewers see several dead bodies -- including suicide victims -- and lots of blood. Sex scenes include partial nudity and two women in bed together; there's also strong innuendo and sex talk throughout. Language is quite infrequent but includes one "f--k," and there are scenes of teens smoking pot, with consequences.

  • Families can talk about how the movie presents suicide. Is it realistic? Does it romanticize it at all? What makes some people think that it's their only option? What impact does their decision have on their friends and family? Where can kids in despair turn for assistance?
  • In the story, one of the teen girls has sex with a boy for the first time. How is it presented? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
  • Is this movie scary? What are the scariest parts, and why do they or don't they work?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The Moth Diaries begins with a tough and confusing problem, and the way to deal with it isn't clear. Help is requested but not received, and the problem is solved with violence. Suicide is a major theme as well. The main character thinks about it and must decide whether or not to do it.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The main character mostly breaks down when faced with something troubling or challenging. Her strength seems to come through moments of pain, and her only moment of triumph manifests itself in destructive violence (for which she pays a penalty).

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: Two flashbacks to suicide victims, with lots of blood. A razor blade is the implement used, and viewers see it again and again. In a dream sequence, a girl slices her wrist, and it "rains" blood all over a library. The main character gets a terrible bloody nose. Several dead bodies. Threats ("I'd like to kill her"). A sex scene includes screams of pain.

  • sex false4

    Sex: One quick sex scene in a dream sequence. A boy is shown on top, thrusting. The girl is shown first moaning and then screaming in pain. One naked breast is shown. Another partial breast is shown during a suicide sequence. A teacher kisses a female student and begins unbuttoning her top. Two women are shown naked in bed together, though nothing sensitive is seen (the scene is meant to imply vampire-like violence as well as pleasure). Persistent sex talk throughout, including discussions about women's "cycles.

  • language false3

    Language: Language is very infrequent but includes one use of "f--k." The rest is mostly sex-related talk/insults: "whore," "virgin," "dyke," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A single mention of Facebook.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false4

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Teens are shown smoking pot in two scenes. Some of them react badly; one girl collapses on a bed, feeling sick, and another goes crazy and throws a chair out a window.